The start of 2023 means carrying a gun without a license is now legal in half of US states

With the start of the new year, it became significantly easier for Alabamians to legally carry guns.
The state passed a law last year allowing people to carry concealed handguns without state permits, a change that went into effect on January 1.
The law signaled a gun rights landmark for the US: Now, half of the 50 states allow people to carry handguns without permits.

It’s a mark of how gun control rights have expanded within the US over the past two decades. In 2010, for instance, only two states allowed people to carry guns without permits. In the 13 years since, however, almost 24 states have passed similar laws, 11 of which were greenlit in the last three years.


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